Himalayan Balsam

This beautiful flower (Impatiens glandulifera) is considered an invasive species. Introduced to Europe by Dr John Forbes Royle 1839, from the Himalayas. In Swedish it is called “Jättebalsamin”, probably connected to the height of the plant, up to two meters. “Jätte” translates to giant.

Some funny English names, policeman’s helmet, bobby tops, copper tops, gnome’s hatstand or kiss-me-on-the-mountain. Just picture that, a gnome kissing a policeman in the sunset on the mountain while the copper mere rides up the hill.

Sowing the seeds of love, ha de Gött!


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  1. I knew this one Ulle because I’ve researched it before. It was introduced in the UK by Victorians to ornament very large gardens. It follows watercourses and is very invasive. So much so that it is now classed as a problem weed. 😒

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  2. love those funny English names and am picturing the gnome kissing policeman 🙂

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  3. Very informative and then chuckle inducing! 🙂

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